GMB fans break down in tears as ITV's Ruth Dodsworth reveals hell with abusive ex – as his release from jail approaches

GOOD Morning Britain fans were in tears this morning at ITV star Ruth Dodsworth opened up about her abusive relationship.

Jonathan Wignall, 55, was caged for three years after subjecting her to nine years of controlling abuse during their 18-year marriage.


GMB viewers were shown the moment he was arrested by police in Wales after calling her 200 times in one night.

Told by police he was being "quite persistent on the phone" he replied simply: "She's my wife."

Wignall is seen shouting: "Let me speak to her. Ruth, Ruth, Ruth!" before being told by the officer: "Stay there, you're under arrest, mate."

The weather presenter, 48, told hosts Kate Garraway and Adil Ray: "That was really just the tip of the iceberg."

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Now, Ruth is now preparing for him to be released after he served half of his sentence – and he opened up about her fears on GMB today.

She said: "I was his wife, I was his possession and in a sense that gave him the right to do pretty much what he wanted and treat me the way he wanted."

Speaking about Jonathan's impending release from prison she explained: "The judge told him at the time he would serve a minimum half.

"But then prior to that halfway point because it's what they call a standard tariff he can apply for what they all home release.

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"He can be released on tag and on a curfew but he would still be out.

"To a man who, to the best of my knowledge, has shown no remorse, has lost his wife, has lost that one thing that he had control over, my worry is a restraining order is a bit of paper, a tag doesn't really matter.

"There's nothing really… has he learnt?I am scared, I'm very scared. My family are scared.

"We do worry about what will happen. You can't keep people behind bars forever."

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Fans were heartbroken for the ITV star, with many posting crying-face emojis. One wrote: "Feel for Ruth Dodsworth 😢."

Another told her on Twitter: "Well done Ruth – can completely relate to this x."

A third wrote: "Horrendous what Ruth Dodsworth has had to go through…."

Wignall made the ITV host's life a living hell after controlling every aspect of her life for almost a decade.

Cardiff Crown Court last year heard her obsessive husband would set an alarm to check her nightly forecasts and had even fitted a tracker under her car.

He would also call her dozens of times a day demanding to know where she was and who she was with.

Wignall accused Ruth of having an affair – and would demand access to her phone so he could check her messages and delete contacts he didn't like.

Her story and other likes it will be told in ITV Tonight's Controlled by My Partner? The Hidden Abuse at 8.30pm.




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